Hometown: Baltimore Why she matters: The 18-year-old is the first signing to trendsetter M.I.A.'s label, N.E.E.T., and it makes sense, given Rye Rye's edgy, regionally-influenced take on hip-hop -- and her love of glow-tastic outerwear. You should know: Rye Rye is following her mentor's lead: Just like M.I.A. at the Grammys, she'll be performing at All Points West with a bun in the oven.It'll be her first child. WATCH: Behind the scenes of Rye Rye's music video for "Bang"
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »